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It's that time of year! Edge reveals its annual 'Best of the Best' hotels and travel experiences from the best tango show in Buenos Aires to the best place to have tea by Victoria Falls to the best new mountaintop resort in Oman. One&Only Palmilla has the best private beach in Los Cabos, Huka Lodge hooks the best fishing retreat in New Zealand,  Four Seasons Resort Hualalai showcases the best black lava golf course in Hawaii and Jumeirah  glitters with the best of Arabian luxury in Dubai. Our Il San Pietro cover photo dramatically pictures the best terrace view of Positano and our 'Edge Exclusive' highlights La Residencia with the best Mallorca boat excursion. Here's to the BEST year of 2014 travel ahead!


Voting closes on Monday, February 10th, so last chance to vote this weekend for Executive Edge Travel + Events in Luxury Travel magazine's Gold List Awards for 2014. The last two years we were voted #1 'Best Luxury Travel Agency' in Victoria, #4 in Australia thanks to your votes. This year we'd love to be #1 in Australia. So please VOTE TODAY!


Announcing Four Seasons' contest for Edge clients! Simply book with us and stay at any Four Seasons hotel worldwide before April 20th and you'll be automatically entered into a draw to win 2 nights in a Deluxe Room at the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore. It's that easy!

Exclusive Four Seasons Preferred Partner offers and full contest terms & conditions.



The Royal Livingstone Four Seasons Hualālai

Best Teatime by Victoria Falls

The Royal Livingstone

Zambia's Royal Livingstone stretches luxuriously along the banks of the Zambezi River a stone’s throw away from the mighty Victoria Falls. Royal Livingstone is named in honor of the explorer Dr. David Livingstone with interiors reflecting the elegance of a bygone African era. The hotel features swirling fans, tall shutters, broad balconies and lavish accommodations, all of which bring the past alive. Spend your days cruising the Zambezi in search of the perfect sunset, touring the majestic Victoria Falls via helicopter, embarking on an elephant safari or riding the Batoka Gorge rapids in a jet boat. The sundeck is ideal for evening cocktails surrounded by wildlife or tea by the Falls.

Virtuoso amenities - upgrade*, daily full breakfast for 2, afternoon tea for 2, complimentary parking

Best Black Lava Golf Course

Four Seasons Hualālai

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu was named the #1 hotel in Hawaii by Travel + Leisure's T+L 500 The World's Best Hotels. The resort is Hawaii Island's first and only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star hotel. Set on the exclusive Kona-Kohala Coast, this showpiece oceanfront resort captures the essence of Hawaiian design, culture and tradition. Its collection of intimate two-storey bungalows exude a nostalgic sense of Hawaii's Golden Age. Select from endless island family activities including golfing Jack Nicklaus's signature course - brilliant green fairways contoured dramatically against black lava.

USD 1000 Suite Credit - with every 5 consecutive nights in a suite

PLUS Four Seasons Preferred Partner benefits - daily breakfast for 2 and 100 USD dining credit

Huka Lodge Alila Jabal Akhdar

Best Lake Taupo Fishing Retreat

Huka Lodge

Huka Lodge in Taupo, New Zealand is located 300 metres upstream from the famous Huka Falls on the banks of the Waikato River. This iconic property offers great natural beauty and luxurious hospitality, gourmet cuisine and 17-acres of perfect peace and quiet. Just 18 Lodge Rooms, one Suite, the Owner’s Cottage and the new Alan Pye Cottage are tucked amongst mature, manicured gardens along the hypnotic turquoise blue waters of the river - superb for fishing.

Stay 3 nights, receive one night FREE! Stay 4, Pay 3 including daily country breakfast for 2, pre-dinner drinks and 5-course dinner daily

Virtuoso amenities  – upgrade*, early check-in/late check-out*, one lunch for 2 (not inclusive of wine), 3 nights or more receive Worlds Apart book

Edge Exclusive  – 2 night stays receive Worlds Apart book (April 1, 2014 – Sept 1, 2014)

Best Mountaintop Resort in Oman

Alila Jabal Akhdar

Jabal Akhdar, meaning 'The Green Mountain' in Arabic, is part of the Al Hajar mountain range, perched 2000 metres above the sea and perfectly positioned to explore the region's renowned rugged landscape. Alila Jabal Akhdar is a haven for adventure travellers, nature lovers and those seeking an escape from the desert heat. Eco-friendly, the resort and Spa Alila are designed to respect the environment and fit harmoniously into the site, preserving the natural beauty of the region.

'Scent of a Rose' package OMR 275 includes 2 nights Mountain View Room, daily breakfast for 2, guided tour of the Rose Terraces, Rose Bath, one dinner for 2 (set and excluding beverages), departure gift (excludes taxes & service charges, valid April 1 - June 30, 2014)

Edge Exclusive - OMR 15 "spa dollars" (one per room)

Best Private Beach in Los Cabos

One&Only Palmilla

Long an exclusive hideaway for Hollywood stars and the global jet-set, One&Only Palmilla is a lavish beachfront playground along a tip of Mexico's Baja Peninsula. A haven of refined tranquility, the air is kissed with fragrant tropical bloom and lush gardens create quiet paths to the finest private beach in Los Cabos. This verdant oasis where azure waters greet the mountainous desert and the Pacific Ocean merges with the Sea of Cortez, grey whales can be seen rising majestically in the distance. At One&Only Palmilla, the gracious style of Old Mexico shines with its red-tiled roofs, whitewashed walls, and idyllic setting quietly nestled amidst swaying palms.

7 night 'Barefoot Luxury' includes USD 200 resort credit, airport transfers, two 60-minute massages and daily lunch for 2

Virtuoso amenities - upgrade*, daily Continental breakfast for 2, 30-minute head, shoulder, back massage or foot rejuvenation spa treatment for 2 and set of aromatherapy candles

Best Tango Show

Faena Hotel Buenos Aires

The most opulent destination hotel in Buenos Aires, Faena Hotel captures the true spirit of the city with its decor, sensational cuisine and combination of traditional service and modern comforts. Experience classic Argentine culinary flair at El Mercado, enjoy international dishes at El Bistro or take in world-class live music performances at the Library Lounge bar. Spacious rooms delight with magnificent views of the city and the surrounding parks of the Puerto Madero area near the port. Eighteen carat gold leaf swan chairs and red velvet curtains... designer Philippe Starck outdid himself! The hotel's El Cabaret features Rojo Tango, the city's most passionate tango show — you'll be seduced from the first note to the last. 

Exclusive Offer – Stay 4, Pay 3!

Virtuoso amenities - 2 tickets for Rojo Tango, upgrade*, daily buffet breakfast for 2 at El Mercado, early check-in/late check-out*, VIP welcome amenities and welcome drink in the Library Lounge

Best Terrace View of Positano

Il San Pietro, Italy

Two miles outside of Positano, a tiny entrance discreetly covered in ivy opens the gateway to the most prestigious hotel in the region, Il San Pietro. Julia Roberts once escaped the omnipresent paparazzi of Capri to peaceful isolation at Il San Pietro. The hotel itself has been dynamited out of sheer rock and hangs hundreds of feet over the Bay of Positano. Its suites are the last word on lux with private lounged terraces dangling over the sea, floor-to-ceiling windows, hand-painted furniture and elegant tile work in the sunken bathtubs flanked by picture perfect windows. It also offers a tennis court, an elevator through the rock to a private beach and its own excursion boat with free shuttles to Positano’s main spiagga. End the perfect day in Positano watching the sunset from Il San Pietro’s ornate grand terrace.

'Spring Pleasures' - 20% off 2 nights in a Deluxe or Special Room plus 10% off all hotel spa massages, bottle of Prosecco, bottle of home-made limoncello and floral bouquet in the room. Book 3 or more nights also receive EURO 50 credit at Michelin-starred Zass restaurant and one Turkish bath for 2 (April 4 - May 8, 2014, excluding Easter).

Virtuoso amenities - upgrade*, one hour free with 4 hour (minimum) driver sightseeing reservation, daily Continental breakfast for 2, two Rossini cocktails upon arrival, early check-in/late check-out*

 
Jumeriah Special

Best All Suite Hotel in Dubai – Burj Al Arab


The distinctive sail-shaped silhouette of Burj Al Arab is more than just a stunning hotel, it is a symbol of modern Dubai.

Yet for all the wonder this stunning structure provides when you finally see it in person, it is the service within that really makes the Burj Al Arab so extraordinary.

Repeatedly voted the world's most luxurious hotel, this magnificent destination offers you the finest service and facilities throughout – right down to an optional chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce.

Burj Al Arab suite-only accommodation offers discreet check-in within your suite, a private reception on every floor and a host of personal butlers, each a warm messenger of our unparalleled hospitality.

Virtuoso amenities  - daily buffet breakfast for 2 adults in buffet restaurant Bab Al Yam or Junsui, upgrade to next suite category (from One bedroom to Panoramic)*, 50 minutes Swedish massage for 2 persons once per stay.

Best at Arabian Luxury - Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah


Al Qasr
'The Palace' - and this hotel truly is the jewel in the crown of Madinat Jumeirah.

Designed in the style of a Sheikh's summer residence, the hotel replicates traditional royal architecture, coupled with luxurious modernity throughout.

Approached along a tree-lined avenue, adorned with beautifully sculpted Arabian horses, the hotel itself will take your breath away.  A tribute to the age-old architectural styles of Arabia, Al Qasr is an oasis of luxury. It's a place dedicated to relaxing and enjoying the finer things in life.

As part of the magnificent Madinat Jumeirah or 'City of Jumeirah', Al Qasr offers all the facilities and activities of the wider resort. World-class restaurants, bars and cafes, Talise Spa, Talise Fitness, a traditional souk housing over 75 boutiques, shops and galleries – this is just a taste of the experiences available to you during your stay at Al Qasr.

Virtuoso amenities -upgrade*, full breakfast in Arboretum (excluding alcohol), early check-in/late check-out*, bottle of wine upon arrival, one 60 minute aromatherapy spa treatment for two adults and complimentary Wild Wadi Water Park access.

* upon arrival, subject to availability

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